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45th Annual Amateur Sand Scupture Constest at Siesta Beach

Event Takes Place between 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM on May 6, 2017

Come enjoy some fun, sun, and sand at the 45th annual Siesta Key Amateur Sand Sculpting Contest! This free, family-friendly event is open to competitors of all ages and skill levels. Cash prizes will be available and are sponsored by Friends of Sarasota County Parks and the Siesta Key Chamber of Commerce. Contest is rain or shine

Competing categories include adult individuals, adult teams, children (10 years and younger) and youths (ages 11-17). Registration begins (near yellow lifeguard stand) at 8:30 am. Judging begins at 1 pm and Awards presented at 2 pm.

This event is open to 25 contestants and if you are interested in signing up, please contact Sarasota County Parks, Recreation and Natural Resources (941) 861-5000.

Memorial Day Events

Sarasota Memorial Day Parade

Mon. May 29 – 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway will be recognized. The Parade will be led by the City of Sarasota Police Color Guard, the Sarasota Sheriff’s Color Guard, and the Sarasota County Fire Department Color Guard, the Florida Fire Service, and Vets on Bikes.

6th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival

Mon. May 29 – ALL DAY
Ready for some blues? The 6th Annual Myakka River Blues Festival is taking place on Memorial Day at Snook Haven. Music gets underway at 11 a.m. with an all day and into the evening lineup on two stages with a lineup that includes: Biscuit Miller, Ben Presitage, The All Veterans Blues Band, Kellie Rucker, and Souliz. Tickets: $15 in advance, $20 at the door.

May 2017 Events

Birding Diversity

Sat. May 6 – 7:15 AM
Calling all birding enthusiasts! Be tantalized and wowed by the vast array of bird species and nature found at the beautiful T. Mabry Carlton, Jr. Memorial Reserve (Carlton Reserve). Join Sarasota County volunteer guide, Charlie Sample as he leads you on a birding nature journey at 7:15 am – 12:15 pm. This is a FREE event.

Big Cat Habitat’s Jam in the Jungle

Sat. May 6 – 5:30 PM
Enjoy drinks, dancing, music and more at this benefit to raise money for the habitat clinic that rehabilitates and cares for lions, tigers, leopards and more big cats. You can even meet the cats and feed them. Price is $25 – $100.

Academy Adventures: Edison & Ford Winter Estates, Fort Myers

Wed. May 10 – 8:00 AM
Join us for a trip to Fort Myers for a tour of the Edison & Ford Winter Estates. Admission will include a guided tour of the Edison Family House, guest and caretaker’s cottages, and the Ford Estate. Tour fee is $79.

Dig the Beach Volleyball

Sat. May 20 – ALL DAY
The Dig the Beach Beach Volleyball Series returns to Siesta Key for our annual 3rd weekend of May date! We expect to career to over 400 teams. The event is open to all levels of skill. Saturday play features our Adult divisions, with Sunday dedicated to Juniors ages 12-18 years of age.

Geek Day 5K

Thurs. May 25 – 7:00 AM
Geek Pride Day is celebrated each year on May 25! The date was chosen because its the date that the movie Star Wars was released. One thing is for sure, there are millions of us out there that GEEK OUT on running, jogging and/or walking. So it’s time to GET YOUR GEEK ON and celebrate Geek Day by completing a virtual 5K and we’ll send you an awesome GEEK DAY MEDAL!

April Events

St Armands Circle Ladies Night

Thurs. April 20 – 5:00 PM
Join us on The Circle on the Third Thursday every month from 5-9p.m. Enjoy a fun evening with friends celebrating a 15% off discount, raffle prizes and refreshments from 30 participating stores and restaurants. Click here for more information.

Craft Beer Tasting

Thurs. April 20 – 6:00 PM
Do the guys (and girls) not attending Ladies Night need something to do? Look no further than the tasting events at Island Time Spirits. Admission is $10 and includes a $2 coupon to a purchase of 6-pack. More Info.

Towles Court Art Walk

Fri. April 21 – 5:00 AM
One of the best art events in Sarasota! All galleries, restaurants and businesses are open for the Towles Court Art Walk every third Friday from 5-9pm. Learn more.

Movie on the Beach: JAWS

Sat. April 22 – 7:30 PM
We love the irony presented by the Sarasota Film Festival and Sarasota County Parks & Rec. They will give away popcorn, and there will be a concession stand available. Check it out.

35th Annual Suncoast Boat Show

Fri. April 21 – Sun. April 23
Nearly two hundred exhibitors will showcase an outstanding selection of boats ranging from motor yachts and fishing boats to cruisers, runabouts and personal watercraft at Marina Jack in downtown Sarasota. This year’s show will be the largest in the event’s history in terms of overall exhibit space and the number of boats and exhibitors on display.

What’s Included in a Condo Rental at Jamaica Royale

All condominiums are a home away from home ~ completely furnished with fully equipped kitchens. Each of our units has private, high-speed wireless FIOS internet.  There are laundry facilities on site for our guests only.  In addition, many of the units have their own washer/dryer.   Irons, ironing boards, and linens are supplied.  Did we miss something?  Call the front office, we are happy to accommodate.

Wi-Fi is accessible in our community room, around our pools, and in the private beach area directly in front of our complex on the engaging Gulf of Mexico.  Beach chairs are provided for you on our private sandy beach.    Would you prefer to lounge on the beach in the shade in a nice cabana near the Gulf?  Cabana boys will be glad to bring you a cabana lounge chair, just inquire at the Jamaica Royale Management office.

Stop in and meet your new Jamaica Royale staff today!

December 9 – 30, 2016 – Sarasota Jungle Gardens Holiday Lights Spectacular

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without dazzling light displays and Sarasota Jungle Gardens will make your holidays bright for most nights in December as it hosts the 15th annual Holiday Lights Spectacular.

Opening night is Dec. 9 at 6 p.m. and the celebration continues from 6 to

9 p.m. on Dec. 10, 16 & 17, 21-24 and 26-30. On those nights, the Gardens are transf

ormed into a Holiday Wonderland featuring activities like a stroll down “Candy Cane Lane,” roasting marshmallows, photos with Santa, and live entertainment each night at 7 and 8 p.m.

Sarasota Jungle Gardens is located at 3701 Bay Shore Rd., Sarasota, FL 34234. For more information, call (941) 355-5305 or visit www.sarasotajunglegardens.com.


December, 2016 – Ringling Museum of Art Schedule

Holiday Splendor
Thurs. Dec. 1 – 5:00 – 8:00 PM
Celebrate the sights and sounds of the holiday season and support Toys For Tots.  Enjoy holiday music and performances by local elementary, middle and high schools. Admission is free with one unwrapped toy per guest.

National Theatre Live – Threepenny Opera
Fri. Dec. 2 – 1:00 and 6:00 PM
A darkly comic take on Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s raucous musical, in a new adaptation by Simon Stephens. (Note: contains violence, adult language and scenes of a sexual nature).

Art & A Movie – Rising Sun
Sat. Dec. 3 – 1:30 PM
Based on Michael Crichton’s novel, this film exemplifies how the fear of other cultures can deter the process of learning to understand others, and its consequences.   There will be a post screening discussion led by Susan Doll, PhD.

Conversation: Unfolding Beauty, The Story of Elsa Zelley and Her Fan Collection
Tues. Dec. 6 – 10:30 AM
Unfolding beauty will be presented by Ron McCarty, Keeper of Ca d’Zan and Anita Palmer, former cataloger of Elsa Zelley’s collection.

National Theatre Live – War Horse
Fri. Dec. 9 – 1:00 and 6:30 PM
Based on the novel by Michael Morpurgo, War Horse is the powerful story of a boy called Albert and his beloved horse, Joey, who has been requisitioned to fight for the British in World War I.

Collecting Recollections – Elvin Bale
Tues. Dec. 13 – 10:30 AM
The American circus has often reached out to the rich traditions of the global circus community. Elvin Bale will share his personal stories of the performers and entrepreneurs who brought their talent and skills to America, enriching this already popular entertainment.

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Siesta Key Beach

Siesta Beach is known as one of the most beautiful beaches anywhere in the world.   At the “Great International White Sand Beach Challenge” held in 1987, it was recognized as having the “whitest and finest sand in the world.”

Since then, Siesta Key Beach has been chosen as the #1 beach in both the U.S. and the entire world by numerous groups and publications.  Unlike beaches elsewhere that are made up mostly of coral, Siesta Beach’s sand is 99% quartz.  Even on the hottest days, the sand is so reflective that it feels cool underfoot. It’s estimated that the sand on Siesta Beach and Crescent Beach on Siesta Key is millions of years old, and started in the Appalachians and flowed down the rivers and was eventually deposited on the shores of Siesta Key.

Shallow water depth in the near shore area together with year round lifeguard protection, makes this one of the safest beaches in Sarasota County and great for small children.


Click here to read the entire article about Siesta Key.

Jamaica Royale Earns 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence

Print_Logo_COE2016_enThe staff at Jamaica Royale are excited to announce that the property has been awarded the 2016 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence. In order to receive this award, a business must maintain an overall TripAdvisor rating of at least four our of five stars during the past year. We are so very thankful to all of our past and current visitors who have shared their stories and experiences in staying with us and helped achieve this award.

Silver Travel Advisor Article

Recently, David Graham, a professional travel journalist for Silver Travel Advisor visited Siesta Key and he had some wonderful things to say about our area .    To read the full article, click here.

Jamaica Royale Logo Shirts

Show your community pride with one of our logo t-shirts! Available in various colors and sizes from small to XXL, our logo shirts and sweatshirts will improve anyone’s day.  There are also beach hats and baseball caps available!

All products are priced to sell at $20 each and available in the office right now.  Call today (888-981-1800) or stop in our office to pick up a souvenir from Siesta Key!

Dr. Beach Rates Siesta Beach #2 in the United States!


1. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu, Hawaii
2. Siesta Beach Sarasota, Florida
3. Kapalua Bay Beach, Maui, Hawaii
4. Ocracoke Lifeguarded Beach, Outer Banks of North Carolina
5. Coast Guard Beach, Cape Cod, Massachusetts
6. Grayton Beach State Park Florida panhandle
7. Coronado Beach, San Diego, California
8. Coopers Beach, Southampton, New York
9. Caladesi Island State Park Dunedin, Clearwater, Florida
10. Beachwalker Park Kiawah Island, South Carolina

See full details on this article, click here.

October 13-16, 2016 ~ Ringling International Arts Festival

Explore the vibrant and exhilarating world of contemporary music, theater, and dance. With performances at 2:00, 5:00, and 8:00 PM daily.

Visit https://www.ringling.org/riaf/ for tickets and a full performance schedule!

October 15-16, 2016 ~ Jungle Gardens Fall Festival

As the fall season arrives, Sarasota Jungle Gardens’ Fall Festival kicks off the season with a pumpkin-themed day of fun for the whole family!

On the weekend of October 15-16 the gardens will offer half price children’s admission and feature fun fall activities like face painting, pumpkin painting, food and more!  Families can also enjoy feeding flamingos, interactive animal shows, and the beautiful 10 acres of paradise that Jungle Gardens has to offer.

For ticket prices and more information visit the Jungle Gardens Website
or call (941) 355-5305.


October 31, 2016 ~ Safe Treats for Halloween

For the 32nd year, the Siesta Key Village Association will once again host “Safe Treats” on Monday, October 31st, 2016 from 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM.

Bring your little ones to Trick or Treat in the Siesta Key Village along Ocean Boulevard and the surrounding streets.  Look for participating members displaying orange and black balloons and pumpkin flyers in their windows.  This free event promotes a safe and fun venue for children on Halloween.

For more information visit www.siestakeyvillage.org or call Helene Hyland at
(941) 685-2274.


November 4, 2016 ~ SandFest 2016: Flashback to the 80’s

Dust off your leg warmers and tease up your hair, SandFest 2016 is an 80’s party so be there or be square!  On Friday, November 4 join us for a night of dinner and dancing under the Siesta Key Beach Pavilion. There will also be a cash bar as well as a silent auction!  Tickets available now!

SandFest 2016

November 11, 2016 – Veteran’s Day Parade

You can salute local vets during the Sarasota Veterans’ Day Parade. The Parade, featuring the Marching Bands of Sarasota, Riverview and Booker High Schools, starts at Main Street and Osprey Avenue at 10:00 a.m. and proceeds down Main Street to Five Points Park where a ceremony is to be held at approximately 11:00 a.m.   There will be a special guest speaker along with local elementary and middle school students singing the National Anthem and other patriotic songs.   Sponsored by the Sarasota Patriotic Observance Committee. 

November 11-15, 2016 ~ International Sand Sculpting Festival 2016

The 7th Annual Siesta Key Crystal Classic is scheduled for November 11 – 15, 2016, on Siesta Beach. Recently named America’s #1 Beach it has become a favorite of the professional sand sculptors who have competed in the past six years. Citing the beauty and cleanliness of the pristine white sand, sculptors have remarked that their sculptures look almost as if they were “carved in marble.” The Siesta Key Crystal Classic connects the arts and the beach in ways never before seen in Sarasota.

Founded in 2010, the Crystal Classic has quickly become a local tradition and a draw for visitors from outside Sarasota County, which account for over 50% of the 40,000+ attendees.

Master sculptors spend three days creating sand masterpieces, some over ten feet tall, and transform the always beautiful Siesta Beach into an outdoor art gallery. Visitors enter the Sand Sculpture Gallery and immediately notice the Sponsor Logo Sculpture and are fascinated by it size and the number of community organizations and local businesses that support the event.  Visitors arriving on Friday have the opportunity to see the beginning stages of the sculptures and enjoy guessing what the pile of sand will look after the sculptor completes the transformation.

The competition phase of the Crystal Classic ends on Sunday at noon leaving the remainder of the day, Monday and new this year, Tuesday too, for visitors to view completed sculptors before they are cleared away on Wednesday morning.

There are many other activities that are perfect for families and adults alike.  From the new Learning Curve, an educational experience in sand and its origins to live music under our 2100 sf tent on the sand to the Quick Sand competition, lessons and so much more, everyone will find something to love about this year’s festival.

In a community well known for its beaches and its cultural offerings, the organizers of the Crystal Classic have discovered a way to combine the two for the benefit of the Siesta Key and Sarasota communities.

ADMISSION AT GATE: $10 per day per adult.  Discounted tickets available for 65 and over and active and military personnel.  Children 5 to 17 are $5.



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